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David Carson (graphic designer)

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David Carson (born September 8, 1955)[1] is an American graphic designer and design director.

Early life and career[edit]

Carson was born on September 8, 1955, in Corpus Christi, Texas.[1] Graduating from Rolling Hills High School,[2] he continued his education and graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.[2] Carson surfed professionally before finding employment with magazine Self and Musician.[1] He then moved on to work at Transworld Skateboarding for four years, and was then hired as an art director at Beach Culture in 1989.[1] Three years later Carson was hired by Ray Gun, where he stayed for three years. He later created his own design firm (David Carson Design).[1]

Carson received the AIGA medal in 2014.[3]


  • Carson, David (1995). The End of Print: The Graphic Design of David Carson. Chronicle Books. ISBN 0-8118-1199-9.
  • Carson, David (1997). David Carson: 2nd Sight: Grafik Design After the End of Print. Universe Publishing. ISBN 0-7893-0128-8.
  • Meggs, Phillip B.; David Carson (1999). Fotografiks: An Equilibrium Between Photography and Design Through Graphic Expression That Evolves from Content. Laurence King. ISBN 1-85669-171-3.
  • Carson, David (2003). Trek: David Carson, Recent Werk. Gingko Press. ISBN 1-58423-046-0.

Further reading[edit]

  • Stecyk, Craig; David Carson (2002). Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing. Laguna Art Museum in association with Gingko Press. ISBN 1-58423-113-0.
  • McLuhan, Marshall; David Carson; Eric McLuhan; Terrance Gordon (2003). The Book of Probes. Gingko Press. ISBN 1-58423-056-8.
  • Carson, David (2003). Trek: David Carson, Recent Werk. Gingko Press. ISBN 1-58423-046-0.
  • Mayne, Thom; David Carson (2005). Ortlos: Architecture of the Networks. Hatje Cantz. ISBN 3-7757-1652-1.


  1. ^ a b c d e "David Carson | American graphic designer". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Brisick, Jamie (June 18, 2015). "Interview with Design Icon David Carson". What Youth. No. 11.
  3. ^ "David Press releases". AIGA. February 20, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2022.

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